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Made quiche for the very first time for our meatless Monday tonight, from scratch. This is a mushroom asparagus quiche. Wasn’t sure how the boys like it, especially Ah Lo since he’s not a fan of mushrooms. Not like he had the choice, he ate everything. Dai Bee gave me a thumbs up and ate as much as he could. IMG_7872

I didn’t have enough time to pre-bake the crust, so it came up a bit soggy. I never tried quiche before, so I am not sure if I have the right texture. Taste wise, I thought it was good. During dinner, we searched up what the word ‘quiche’ means and where this dish originated. I love how my boys are still curious about everything.IMG_7877

Tonight I’m trying out the vegetarian bibimbap for meatless Monday meal. Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish whose name (bibim) translates as “mixed,” and (bap) “cooked rice.” There are many variations on this dish, from simple to elaborate. Since it’s meatless tonight, I used bean curd to substitute as meat. This meal takes a lot of work to  prepare. It would be difficult (for working families) to make this on a weeknight. I started to prep yesterday (slice and dice).

I tried to simulate the stone-bowl bibimbap at home (knowing the boys would love the crusty rice at the bottom). Since I don’t have stone bowls, I used to small pots! After mixing everything together, the boys actually enjoyed this meal very much. Sure, maybe next time when we have it with beef. FullSizeRender 2IMG_7161

Since we didn’t have enough pots, Mr. Piggy and I used regular bowls. FullSizeRender 3

Meatless Monday meal serving Korean sticky rice cakes. I liked the chewy texture of the noodles. It went well with the vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu. Was hoping to have leftovers for lunch, but didn’t happen.

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Our meatless Monday meal today – japchae, a classic Korean stir fry. A popular dish made from sweet potato noodles you will find in Korean restaurants. I’ve made it with tofu and boys loved it.

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Our meatless Monday meal – going for vegetarian kimchi fried rice. Didn’t think the boys would like it, worried it might be too spicy. They went for seconds! Meatless meals are such a hit Dai Bee is now request that we have it two days in a week.

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Something other than rice and pasta, hamburger is the way to go for tonight’s dinner. $10 for the whole meal for the 4 of us, what a deal.

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Made my very own japchae today! Japchae is a very popular dish in Korea. It’s stir fry using potato starch glass noodles with meat (I used chicken), and vegetables. Fairly easy to make, but lots of prep work involved. The flavor wasn’t quite there this time and I know exactly why. I was using the low-sodium soy sauce. Will try again next time, maybe with a video. Stay tune.

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We spent another Saturday morning finishing up the details with the reindeers to get ready for the Christmas countdown.

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Yay! All 24 of them up on display. Every year, I’d ask the boys and the Girl if they want to do this, and yes, every year they would answer with enthusiasm, of course! So every year, I would think of something different for the countdown. It’s a lot of work, but that’s part of the joy.

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In the afternoon, I was tired of all the cooking and cleaning for the last two days, and so we went out and tried Puerto Rican food in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It’s definitely different and absolutely glad we made the decision to try it. The food (roast pork) was amazing and prices are very reasonable. We should definitely come back.

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Our Thanksgiving volunteer started our day early. We did this last year, and this year, we went with the Girl and her two older sisters. I am glad my boys woke up early, no complaints and got right into work as soon as we got there.

This year, we visited another couple who, as always, anxious to share with us their life stories.

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As usual, off to the inlaws celebrate Thanksgiving with them. They always have their traditional meal with a turkey, ham, a tons of vegetables. It took a long time to roast the turkey so we didn’t eat until close to 9pm. By that time, Mr. Piggy and I didn’t eat much, especially with all the carbs – mashed potatoes and sweet yam puree. I just munch on my salad and a little bit of turkey. I must say, this year’s turkey was one of the best ones I had. Mr. Piggy’s cousin roasted and it was on the spot!

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For fun, I also brought a cheese platter:

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Thursday nights are kind of tricky these days. I work solo with dropping off/picking up the boys at violin/art class and making dinner. Therefore, on Thursdays, I tried to either make it the night before or come up with a one pot wonder.

We had a potluck at work one day, and my boss brought his share – chili. It was so delicious I don’t think I ate anyone’s dish. No, I didn’t ask him for a recipe because I thought I’d never make it. I was wrong. Haha…The chilly nights this week made me searched online for simple chili recipes. I glanced through the recipes to get a general idea and came up with my own.

I used ground turkey (instead beef), 4 tomatoes (instead of canned ones), red and black beans (instead of canned beans, or kidney beans), green bell pepper, corn kernels, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. This was the first time, the Girl and the boys trying it. Dai Bee and the Girl loved it and went for seconds, while my picky Ah Lo barely finished his first bowl. Afterwards, everyone was all warmed up. We will be sure making this again in the very near future.

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